emciosn wrote: rock steady wrote:
emciosn wrote:I honestly feel pretty good about the way that kaplan prepared me for the test. I thought that the MBE was easier than the Qbank/redbook questions I did. I had no clue on one of the essays but it was on a really obscure state law water rights issue so I can't really fault them for that.
There is not enough time to learn every last rule in ~18 areas of law. I think kaplan did a decent job of teaching the areas most likely to be tested. The goal is just to pass, you don't need to set any sort of high score record. My guess is that all of you are just being tough on yourselves and you probably did much better than you think--which it good.
All of these sentiments are subject to change if I do not pass of course.
Did you take the IL bar?
Oh yeah, that surface water question was ridiculous. I looked up the IL rule--the state has its own unique deviation from the common law. How the hell are we all supposed to know that? So dumb. Maybe they figure if we know that obscure shit we know all the easy stuff too.
All in all I though the other essays were pretty fair. I didn't really know the family law/wills and estates question at the end but that is probably more on me. One thing I think kaplan did wrong is teaching us Illinois-specific wills and estatew (IL has not adopted the uniform probate code apparently)--which seems kind of silly when most of the essays are MEE and should be answered according to majority rules. Tough to know what to do there though, besides learning both the Illinois and national probate law. Just shows how silly it is to only test on IL law for 1.5 hours over the whole two days.
Yeah, that surface water question was insane. I saved that for last since I wanted to get to the IL Civ Pro / Evidence question, but needless to say that surface water "answer" I wrote was crap. Basically, I just wanted to put something, anything down. I'm just hoping enough people had a wtf moment there also.
I thought the MEE was much better, but the IEE was a bit more challenging, especially that second question. Just glad our score is 50/50 essays and MBE because I wasn't feeling too hot about that morning essay session.